The entrance of Syracuse into the ACC for the upcoming 2013-14 season brings a new spotlight on the Orange program, but it also reinvigorates the receiving conference.
The ACC has been stellar, albeit top heavy for the past few seasons, and the injection of Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, with Louisville joining next season, broadens the core of the conference.
While Syracuse has left the old Big East behind, in addition to the aforementioned defectors, the Orange will reunite with old conference foes Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech. Additionally, while the full schedule has not been announced, Syracuse has already scheduled games with St. John’s and Villanova, meaning that this season, Syracuse will play a minimum of seven games against former Big East Foes.
The Big East is dead, long live the Big East.
For years, ACC and Big East fans have argued the merits of each other’s conferences. This season will be an interesting glimpse into how interconference play would have played out.
For Syracuse to be successful, the recipe is the same as it’s always been, with Chef Boeheim behind the stove. But while the recipe is the same, the ingredients are frequently substituted, and this season will present a new host of challenges.
Here’s a look at what will need to happen for Syracuse to make a successful run at capturing an ACC title in its first year of league play.